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Phil Hay: Talk of 29-year-old’s Leeds United exit becoming ‘very strong’

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Phil Hay has delivered an update on Ezgjan Alioski’s future at Leeds United, claiming that talk of a move to Galatasaray is ‘very strong’.

Leeds have allowed Alioski’s contract to run into its final 12 months, with something sure to give between now and the summer transfer window.

As the weeks tick by, it appears that Alioski may be on the move to Turkey.

Talk of a free transfer to Galatasaray is emerging once more, with Alioski yet to reach an agreement with Leeds over a new contract.

On the back of that speculation, Phil Hay at The Athletic has been providing an update on Twitter:

Alioski has been with Leeds since the summer of 2017, signing ahead of Thomas Christiansen’s spell in-charge of the club.

He’s won promotion under Marcelo Bielsa and featured regularly at left-back in the Premier League.

This season, he’s made 29 appearances across all competitions and scored three goals, two of which have come in the Premier League.

The politics behind the suggested move and raw emotion is something that doesn’t need mentioning in this article.

What can be mentioned, though, is the topic of Alioski leaving Leeds as a free agent this summer.

He’s had a good stint of service at Elland Road, winning promotion and playing a part in the Premier League. However, he’s got a ceiling on how far he can go as the club’s left-back, however harsh that sounds.

Leeds need better and if the summer brings a fresh face to that position, his exit won’t be felt at all.

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